Nav’s Small Business Grant
Up to $10,000 to take your business to the next level. Submit entries between October 19 and December 4 for your chance to win.
$10,000 check made out to the business
$5,000 check made out to the business
How to apply
Entries accepted until December 4th, 2020
1. Be a Nav customer or sign up for a free Nav Account. (Yes, it’s really free!)
2. Post on your business’s Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn account (do not use a story as your entry post — this will disqualify you). Include #navsmallbusinessgrant in your entry and explain the following:
- What your business does
- A challenge your business has overcome in the past and a challenge you continue to struggle with
- How the grant funds will help you overcome your challenge and detailed specifics about how you plan to use the prize money
The more detail the better! We want to get to know your business. In the post, make sure you include #navsmallbusinessgrant. This is an important step, as it lets our team see your post.
The post can either be written or a video, though videos are strongly encouraged! Get creative, and encourage your friends and family to like and share your post!
3. Complete the form below, including the URL of your social media post about the Nav Small Business Grant. The link you share needs to go directly to the post you created. Do not just send a link to your profile page — if we cannot find your post, we will not be able to consider your application. See the FAQs below for questions on copying your post link.
Tips From the Judges
- Let your (and your business’s) personality shine in your post!
- Give us details! Your post should give us a really good look at who you are, what you do and why your business needs the money. Get specific about how you’ll use the money and the difference that will make. If you can, tell us facts, figures and numbers of the impact it will make in your business.
- Use photos or make a video! Words are great, but we love visuals too. Show us your business through video and photos. And, remember, it doesn’t have to be professionally done.
- Take a look at Nav’s past winners before you craft your application. Read through the blog posts and watch the videos of our previous winners to give you an idea of what we’re looking for in a business owner.
What Happens Next
Within the next 24 hours:
After you complete the information, you will receive an email confirmation letting you know that we have received your application. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 2020 – January 2021
Selecting & Notifying Finalists
After the grant submission period has closed, Nav’s team will review all applications and narrow the field down to up to five (5) finalists.
If you are selected as a finalist, you will have a call with Nav’s team to share more about your business. This will give you one last chance to convince us to pick your business for either the $10,000 or $5,000 Small Business Grant.
All finalists will receive a free year of Nav Business Manager, valued at $360.
Selecting & Notifying Monetary Winners
The team will select and notify the Grand Prize and Runner-Up winners in late January 2021.
Announcing Winners & Reopening Grant for Applications
The team will formally announce the winners in January 2021, and the next round of Nav’s Small Business Grant will open.
Thr3e Live Dance Complex
Thr3e Live Dance Complex brings drop-in dance classes to the thriving Providence, RI area. Co-owners and founders Nikki Gyftopoulos and Tjay Martino will use the funds to open a larger studio, increase their revenue potential and reach more dancers from all walks of life.
Che Butter Jonez
Spring 2020COVID-19 caused Detric Fox-Quinlan and Malik Rhasaan, owners and founders of Atlanta-based food truck Che Butter Jonez , to focus on day-to-day survival rather than growth.
Three Tree Coffee
Winter 2020Three Tree Coffee established a one-of-a-kind coffee shop that not only served customers, but also provided a way to give back to the community.
Junk Star Furniture
Fall 2019Junk Star has taken off as a custom furniture manufacturer that uses their customers’ dreams as blueprints for one-of-a-kind creations.
Private Detox of Utah
Winter 2019One of the first companies to offer drug and alcohol detox in the addicts’ home, allowing more people to access recovery programs.
Running Dogs Brewery
Spring 2019This couple created a destination watering hole in the Pacific Northwest that serves their entire community.
About Nav & The Grant
Like most small business owners, we’re a little unruly here at Nav. Our co-founders are lifelong entrepreneurs who had to go over, through and around roadblocks in order to chase their dream. If this sounds familiar, we want to make your life easier.
Nav is a free service that gives business owners the fastest, easiest and most trusted path to financing. More than 1.4 million business owners use Nav today. We’ve launched the Nav Small Business Grant to give $10,000 to help a deserving business take their company to the next level. If you’ve ever dealt with a tough business challenge but refused to quit, we invite you to apply. It’s easy!
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I can’t sign up for a Nav account?
If you’re having trouble signing up, please give our customer support team a call at 855-226-8388. As part of our sign-up process, we verify your identity so we can give you access to tools and data. If we’re unable to verify your identity in the sign-up process, unfortunately you won’t be able to enter to win the business grant this time around.
What if I’m already a Nav customer?If you’re already a Nav customer, you’ve already completed the first step of the application process. Congrats! Move on to step two.
Does my social media post have to be on my business page?It will help us learn more about your business if the post is on your business page. If you’re nervous about sharing a business challenge with your customers for fear that they’ll think your business is in trouble, remember that you can share a challenge that you’ve already tackled or are actively working on. Be creative!
How do I copy the URL of my Facebook post?On the Facebook App, find your post and tap “Share”, then select “More Options”. This should bring up several options to share your post, including “Copy”, select “Copy” and that will copy the URL for your post. On desktop, find your post and click the three dots in the upper right corner. Click “embed” and this will bring up a page that contains the URL for your post.
How do I copy the URL of my Instagram post?Click the three dots in the upper right corner of your post. Then click “Copy Link”.
How do I copy the URL of my LinkedIn post?Click the three dots in the upper right corner of your post. Then click “Copy link to post”.
Is there a minimum word count for the social post?
There is no minimum word count, but please write what you think is adequate to give us a good idea of your business and the challenge you face, you and your business’s personality, and how you would use your funds.
The boring details our lawyers made us write:
Section 1. Agreement (“Agreement”)
I (hereinafter referred to as “I,” “Me,” “Customer,” or “My”) acknowledge that by submitting content to Nav Technologies, Inc. (“Nav”), I accept and agree to the terms and conditions of Nav’s Legitify Your Small Business Grant Contest Agreement (“Program”) as set out in this Agreement, on My behalf and the entity on behalf of which I am acting in an official capacity, if any. I further acknowledge that My submission does not automatically render Me eligible for the Program, and that My eligibility to participate in the Program will be determined solely by Nav as provided in this Agreement. I acknowledge that once deemed eligible for the Program, this Agreement governs My participation in the Program. I acknowledge that those persons (including Me), who are declared eligible will be referred to throughout this Agreement as “Participant”.
Please print out a copy of this agreement for your records.
Section 2. Program.
I acknowledge that I am a Nav Customer and will remain a Customer throughout the Contest. In the event that I am no longer a Customer, Nav has the right to terminate My participation in the Program. I acknowledge that I have been advised to read and review this Agreement and to print a copy for my records. To apply for the Program, the following must be provided:
Write a post on your business’s Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn account including #navsmallbusinessgrant and explaining:
1. What your business does
2. A challenge your business has overcome in the past and a challenge you continue to struggle with
3. How the grant funds will help you overcome your challenge and detailed specifics about you plan to use the prize money
Send us the URL of your business’s social media post about the Nav Small Business Grant by filling out the form on this page. The link you share needs to go directly to the post you created. Do not just send a link to your profile page.
By My submission, I acknowledge that all content submitted to Nav under this Program may be used by Nav in accordance with Nav’s general Terms and Conditions, incorporated by reference herein and acknowledged through My Nav account. I further acknowledge and agree that all content provided to Nav pursuant to the Program is considered property of Nav and I hereby grant to Nav an irrevocable license in any such content included in My submission, including but not limited to any, copyright, trademark, service mark, patent and trade secret rights. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Agreement shall obligate Nav to publish or otherwise use any content provided by Me. I further acknowledge that the Program is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook Instagram, or LinkedIn, and I release Facebook Instagram, or LinkedIn, from any claim or liability related to my participation in the Program.
Section 3. Restrictions.
(a) A Participant’s valid email address must be provided during the Customer sign up process. Participant’s participation in the Program constitutes Participant’s permission for Nav to use such email address to communicate with Participant.
(b) Participants must be 18 years of age or older and have a U.S.-based billing address.
(c) Participant acknowledges and agrees that their Nav information and data may be used in accordance with Nav’s general Terms & Conditions.
Section 4. Term of Program.
The Program shall remain in effect until the application deadline of December 4th, 2020. Nav reserves the right to (a) modify the application period for the Program; (b) alter or modify the Program or this Agreement; and, (c) suspend or terminate the Program or this Agreement, or terminate a Participant’s participation in the Program, all at any time for any reason through a notice posted by Nav on Nav.com, or as otherwise provided by Nav. In the event a Participant is later determined not to be eligible for the Program after being notified that Participant was eligible, Participant’s participation in the Program will be terminated.
Section 5. Controlling Law and Severability.
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the U.S. and the State of Utah, without reference to its conflicts of law provisions. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of this Agreement, or a portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the parties and the remainder of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
Section 6. Complete Agreement.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement with respect to the Program and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous understandings, representations, statements or agreements, written or oral. No amendment to, modification of, or waiver of any provision of, this Agreement will be binding on Nav without written consent which must be identified as an amendment, modification or waiver.